Jodie Foster - Once in a Lifetime


Challenging viewers did not disappear for Ms. Foster as she matured. If the masterful Taxi Driver drew critics, they would have a field day after her stunning performances as a rape survivor in ‘The Accused’ and as Special Agent Clarice Starling in the hit thriller 'The Silence of the Lambs'which earned her two Academy Awards® for Best Actress and a reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed, and daring actresses of her generation. ‘Normal is not something to aspire to,’ she once stated, ‘it's something to get away from.’ Intelligent (she graduated with honors from Yale University in 1985, earning a B.A. in literature), beautiful (her loveliness fueled the fire of Hollywood’s most memorable crazies), and talented beyond compare (For her role in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ Ms. Foster was also awarded a Golden Globe® Award, a British Academy Award, a New York Film Critics Award and a Chicago Film Critics Award), she is not only among the finest female actors of our time, but she is among the finest of all time and all gender.

Concerning her roles, Ms. Foster states, ‘I guess I've played a lot of victims, but that's what a lot of the history of women is about.’ Yet this brilliant artist takes that, and in the film ‘The Brave One,’ gets revenge. She states, ‘I have, in some ways, saved characters that have been marginalized by society by playing them, and having them still have dignity and still survive, still get through it.’ Most recently audiences saw Jodie star in the Fox Walden film ‘Nim’s Island’ with Gerard Butler.

In addition to her acting, Jodie Foster has always had a strong interest in the art of filmmaking. Ms. Foster made her motion picture directorial debut in 1991 with the highly acclaimed ‘Little Man Tate,’ in which she also starred. In 1995, She directed her second film, ‘Home for the Holidays’, which she also produced. The film starred Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft and Robert Downey Jr. Her approach to filmmaking, is little different than her actable choices. She approaches each film not as mere fluff to sell, but as art to influence culture. Of this Jodie Foster states, ‘I've always had this idea that I wanted movies to make people better not worse.’

Jodie Foster founded Egg Pictures in 1992 and the company produced ‘Nell’ (1994), which did just that, and for which she earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress; ‘Home for the Holidays’ (1995); the Showtime telefilm ‘The Baby Dance’ (1998) which received a Peabody Award, four Emmy® Award nominations and three Golden Globe® Award nominations, as well as USA Films’ ‘Waking the Dead,’ directed by Keith Gordon starring Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. In 1996, Egg presented the award-winning, intense French film ‘Hate’ in the United States. Egg Pictures most recently produced ‘The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys’ (2001) which received great acclaim. Ms. Foster's next films anticipated are the ‘Leni Riefenstahl biopic’, and ‘Flora Plum.’

By Bruce Edwin, with kind courtesy of the office of publicity of Jodie Foster.

©2009,The Hollywood Sentinel ®